Man on trial for assaulting 6yo cousin

A man from the Western Highlands Province is currently standing trial to answer to allegations he sexually assaulted his six-year-old cousin in 2015 at their family home.

The man today appeared in the Waigani National Court and pleaded not guilty to the two charges that were laid against him by the prosecutor.

It is alleged he sexually assaulted his cousin sister, who was six years old then, at the family home at Nine-Mile on 18 September, 2015.

The house belonged to his father. The accused is the adopted son of the home owner, who is the elder brother of the victim’s father.

On that day, it is alleged the victim was called into the house by the accused, who then violated her twice. This was done when they were alone. The victim’s mother was at work.

He was arrested and charged under section 229A of the Criminal code act and Sexual offense and Crimes against Children's Act.

Now seven years old, the victim will be giving evidence in the trial against the accused. Her mother will also be called to the stand to give evidence.

Prosecution also indicated they will be calling a health extension officer and the police photographer involved in the case to the stand.

The trial continues. 

Sally Pokiton